How to Tell if Your Child Needs Glasses

Does my child need glasses? Have you asked that question to your child's pediatrician yet? How do you know if your baby needs glasses? Or what normal vision is for a 5 year old.  These are questions to bring up with your child's doctor as early as 6 months old! If child eyesight deterioration is a concern for you, know the symptoms you should be looking for. Keep reading to learn how to tell if your child needs glasses as well as a few children's eye exam tips.Make Eye Exams a Back To School Habit When my kids started back to school … [Read more...]

Green Camping Tips For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Are you planning a camping trip in the coming months?  Going camping is no reason to throw all your eco-friendly habits out the window.  Here are some green camping tips that will help you live by the leave no trace principle.Why I Love Fall Camping The days may still be hot, but summer is quickly coming to a close.  As we move into September, the days will get cooler and the leaves will start to change colors.  Fall is a wonderful time of year to consider heading out into the woods with your family for weekend … [Read more...]

Sustainable Summer Tips For Green Family Fun

Whether you live in the sometimes cool north or the hot and steamy south, consider your carbon footprint as you work, play and travel this summer.  Here are a few sustainable summer tips for green family fun!Sustainable Summer Tips for Family Fun The kids are home and the temps are hot.  You spend half your day running them from place to place and the other cranking the air conditioner up so you don't sweat to death.  Sound familiar?  Think you can't blend 'family fun' with a green summer and small carbon … [Read more...]

Environmental Projects for Kids Who Believe in Better

This post about environmental projects for kids is sponsored by Barbara's.  All opinions are my own.    Green kids aren't born, they are made.  They are taught environmentally friendly habits by their parents and peers.  Sustainability lessons for kids come by the way of science teachers and scouting troop projects.  Eco friendly kids are molded by those around them and should be encouraged and rewarded for their hard work.   And Barbara's (those delicious wholesome cereals and snacks!),  wants to … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Ripe Watermelon for a Sweet and Juicy Treat!

The weather here in Georgia is warming up and the pool opens in just a few weeks. I am looking forward to BBQs, pool parties, and (of course) some fresh watermelon. Georgia actually grows a lot of watermelon down in the south of the state. Even though the fruit is local, I still need to know how to choose a ripe watermelon or it won't be as sweet and juicy as it should be. If you plan on picking up a whole watermelon this summer, make sure you follow these tips before you buy!How to Choose a Ripe Watermelon I am a huge believer of buying … [Read more...]

Simple Meditation Tips for Mindful Living

One of my goals for the new year is to stop multitasking and learn to focus my mind on one thing at a time. I want to quiet my mind from the chaos that is constantly scrolling through it and decided to share some simple meditation tips if you want to join me.   Meditation is different for everyone.  You may prefer guided meditation or using meditation videos to help you relax.  There is no one RIGHT way to meditate but hopefully this post will get you started on a mindfulness meditation journey that will help you relax and … [Read more...]

Service Projects that are Good for the Planet

As a mom, I feel like one of my jobs is to teach my kids to give back to others.  I particularly like it when I can find service projects that are good for the planet.  It's always nice to accomplish two things with one activity, right?  As we approach the holidays, we need to teach our children (as well as friends and family members) that giving back is vital.  To our souls, our planet, and society as a whole. Service Projects that are Good for the Planet Making sure that kids are fed, clothed and educated can be time consuming. However, we … [Read more...]

Green Mom Guilt and Parenting Priorities

Do you suffer from green mom guilt? When I first found out I was pregnant, I wanted to be a natural green mom.  I envisioned organic baby food and cloth diapers. My child would only play with natural toys and wear sustainable baby clothes.  Then reality set in.  I quickly learned that being a green mom wasn't easy. And it involved a lot of guilt.From that first moment when you know for certain you are pregnant, you begin planning the details of how you will raise your child. Will you stay home with your new baby or put them in daycare and … [Read more...]

How to Teach Kids about Sustainability and Becoming a Global Citizen

This post about how to teach kids about sustainability and becoming a global citizen has been sponsored by Mattel.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about Thomas & Friends™ and the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the links below.   I grew up in a relatively small suburb in Connecticut where I knew most of my neighbors. The same kids were in all of  my classes for about 12 years.  I traveled as far as two states away to visit family.  The most international food I ate was … [Read more...]

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

Raising kids is hard. There are so many life lessons we need to teach them in order to mold their minds and bodies into healthy adults. While calculus and balancing a checkbook are challenging life lessons for kids, teaching kids about food isn't hard. However, it does take time. I thought I would share a few things we need to teach our kids about food so you could get started with your own children.  8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food Making healthy food choices is a concept that you need to start introducing when … [Read more...]

How to Save Money So You Can Go Green!

This post about how to save money so you can go green has been sponsored. All opinions are my own.When my husband and I started out on our life together, we were not exactly rolling in money. As a grad student,  my husband was paid a pitiful salary to spend 80 plus hours a week in the lab. I didn't earn much more at my own job, either. But, thankfully, we didn't have a lot of needs, either. We paid the bills, fed ourselves, and and tried to stay out of debt.When he graduated and we had kids,  we still didn't have much money. … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Lemon Balm When it Takes Over Your Garden!

Several years ago I decided I wanted to grow lemon balm. Great idea, right? Well, now I am constantly looking for new uses for lemon balm because the stuff is growing like a weed and taking over the back of my house. Seriously. Why can't I get my cucumbers and squash to grow like this?Growing lemon balm might have been a great idea but it requires near-daily maintenance to make sure it stays where I put it. If you have a ton of lemon balm in your own yard, here are a few things I have found so far to do with it.Creative Uses for … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Thank the Military for Their Service

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I wanted to share a few ways to thank the military for their service. When I was growing up, my father was in the Naval Reserves. Some of my earliest memories if him include those shiny shoes, formal navy uniform and that flat topped white hat with the black brim. He always looked so handsome in that uniform!My dad was in the Naval Reserves for 25 years and I like to think that at some point during his service, someone stopped to say THANK YOU for the work he was doing. I may not always agree with … [Read more...]

Tips for Healthy Eating on a Low Budget

If your goals for the new year include eating healthier and saving money, these tips for healthy eating on a low budget are just what you need. My husband and I have fairly broad tastes when it comes to the foods we enjoy. We do most of our cooking from scratch, which allows us some flexibility in terms of the ingredients we use. Our weekends are often spent at the farmer's market or international supermarket in search of exotic sauces, spices, and ingredients to add to a new recipe. Of course, some days we are too tired to be creative and are … [Read more...]

How to Give Thoughtful Gifts for Valentines Day!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and that means people struggling with Valentines Day gift ideas. I see tons of adds for expensive diamond rings or huge bouquets of flowers. Where are the ads for the thoughtful gifts for Valentines Day? The romantic little gifts that have special meaning for only you and your partner? I love to get thoughtful gifts that remind me of a special time in my husband and I's life together. As the years go by, things get more and more hectic in our lives and every once in a while I want to be reminded of why we … [Read more...]

Cookie Baking Tips for Beginners: For Perfect Cookies Every Time!

It's cookie season! Read through these cookie baking tips for beginners if you are new to the art of baking. When I was young, I was lucky enough to have a mom who loved to bake. When I was about 6 or 7, I would go to school with my homemade lunch and kids would pay me a quarter just for me to give them homemade cookies from my mom. It was quite a nice little side business for a while! I love making cookies from scratch and am trying to instill that love of baking in my own kids.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Soup for a Healthy Family Dinner

With the cool weather finally on its way, its time for you to learn how to make homemade soup. Do you buy it in cans? Or the new and trendy boxed soups? Well, I do that occasionally, too, but if you make homemade soup, you can rest assured that you are providing a healthy family dinner with simple ingredients that YOU get to control. Sure, you may choose to load it with cheese and cream like my homemade broccoli soup but you know what ISN'T in there? Preservatives, artificial colors, and a huge amount of salt! Natural ingredients are best … [Read more...]

Families Eating Dinner Together: Tips to Make it Fun and Stress Free!

Have you tried to sit down to a family dinner, only to have it be a horrible experience? Cooking chaos, kids crying, picky eaters and a huge mess does not have to be the norm at dinner time. I wanted to share a few tips for a successful family dinner because it is a family activity that I am incredibly passionate about. There have been numerous studies that have shown the benefits of families eating dinner together and getting kids started young will make things easier!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sun Protection for Eyes and Choosing the Best Sunglasses

Sun protection for eyes is something we all need to worry about, no matter what your age is. During the summer, I spend a lot of time outside in the sun. Whether it's gardening, going for a walk, or heading to the pool, if the weather is warm and the sun is bright, it's time to get out of the house. Whenever I am outside for any length of time, I always make sure to have on sunscreen. I slather the kids up before they hit the pool (and they complain mightily the whole time!) and my husband always puts his on when he heads out for a run. Sun … [Read more...]